The "Black" GOP?  

Monday, January 02, 2006

This makes no sense at all.

Over at RWN, blogger extraordinaire John Hawkins took a little break and left a few click-throughs to some of his advertisers. While I cannot financially patronize these advertisers, I saw no harm in clicking through one or two just to help John out.

I got a little curious as to the above link, "Republicans for Black Empowerment", so I clicked it. Sure enough, it's a site dedicated exclusively to promoting the election of black Republicans to public office.

We are Republicans on a mission to tap the personal potential of Black Americans.For 40 years Black voters have staunchly aligned themselves with the Democratic Party on election day. Many of these voters are beginning to ask if they are getting enough in return for their loyalty. This is a crucial time for Black voters to reconsider their politics and for the GOP to deliver its optimistic message effectively to Black Americans. Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.
This is NOT what the Right in America is about.

Now before you go and call me a racist, as most liberals would do at this point, let me explain myself...

While I strongly agree that black voters in general have been voting for the wrong party's candidates, I strongly disagree that anyone in America should be looked upon as part of a group, such as "African-Americans" or "the wealthiest Americans" when it comes to political discourse. Yes, black people should give the GOP and other conservative parties a closer look, but not because of promises made them by candidates or other politicians. They should do it because the conservative agenda, as espoused by Republicans (particularly Federalists), Libertarians, and Constitutions, may be more along the lines of what they really believe is best for America.

This is true for all Americans, not just blacks. Our conservative parties should be reaching out to ALL Americans and delivering our pro-freedom/pro-capitalist message. The idea shouldn't be to become more like the socialists by offering government handouts and looking at people as members of groups, but to work to demonstrate the clear superiority of our beliefs and convince those who have not done so to try it our way.

It also means we must put forth real conservative candidates, who embody those views and beliefs. I am glad President Bush is in office now. He has done quite a few things that are conservative, including much to finally get the wheels rolling to eradicate terrorism. Easily far better than either of the alternatives, but a conservative he is not. However, a good bridge from the liberalism of the Clinton Administration to a more conservative presidency he may very well be. Real conservative candidates and an honest effort to deliver the proper message will succeed in bringing more voters of all stripes to the ranks of the Right. Case in Point: The Contract with America, 1994. It's why conservatives largely control, and continue to control, the House of Representatives.

Conservatives are more than happy to elect or appoint people of any stripe to public office, provided they are the best for the job. That determination is made either by the voters or by the appropriate appointing officer(s). This belief is consistent with our completely color-blind outlook on life and America. An organization, regardless of its political affiliation, that promotes only black people is just as racist as one that promotes only white people, or for that matter only blond-haired German people... You get the picture.

A good litmus test as to whether an organization, scholarship, or college admission policy is racist is to simply substitute the word "white" any time you see the word "black" mentioned. If the result is something that would be considered racist, then you have racism. Let's try it here...

Republicans for White Empowerment.

If that doesn't sound like something right out of the Ku Klux Klan's playbook, I don't know what does.

Does this mean I do not think black Republicans are qualified for office?? The answer is an emphatic NO. In fact, ANY black Republican is better qualified than ANY Donk, ANY day, provided he is advancing a more conservative agenda than the aforementioned Donk. In other words, a black conservative will always have my vote over any liberal. Regardless of the race of either candidate, I will always vote for the candidate that will be most likely to bring forth the most of what I believe in once in office.

Promoting a specific candidate excluively because of his race is inappropriate. Why not substitute the words "all" or "many" (as appropriate) in place of the word "black" in the above mission statement? Wouldn't that make more sense?